TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent: Napoli like Fiorentina midfielder Veretoutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Jordan Veretout expects him to stay with Fiorentina this month.The former Aston Villa midfielder has been superb for the Viola this season.“[Napoli sporting director Cristiano] Giuntoli likes Veretout, I’ve spoken about that several times,” Mario Giuffredi reiterated on Radio Marte.“January isn’t his market though, because Fiorentina are aiming for Europe so he’ll stay with the Viola until June.“He’s a great player who costs a lot, and clubs can’t always make those kind of investments in January. €30-35m is not a figure to spend in January.”
Chelsea boss Sarri tells Pochettino: You need a trophy – like meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Tottenham rival Mauricio Pochettino needs to win a trophy – just like him.Ahead of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final between the sides, Sarri admitted his admiration for the Argentine.Sarri said, “He (Pochettino) is a very good coach, one of the best at the moment. I agree he has to win a trophy, I hope not this one. I think it is the same for me. Of course Pochettino is in Tottenham from four years ago and I am here for six months.”I think the first season is really very difficult for everybody, for Pochettino, for Jurgen Klopp. Also for Pep Guardiola, so here it is really very difficult to build up a very good team. You need time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fikayo Tomori: Chelsea players love playing for legend Lampardby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFikayo Tomori says Chelsea’s players love playing for manager Frank Lampard.The fullback hit a screamer for the 5-2 win at Wolves yesterday.He told chelseafc.com: “Obviously we are disappointed to have conceded two goals, but we try to think positive, the manager tries to keep us positive in training and off the pitch, in meetings.”He’s a legend at the club so he has the respect of the players already.”His management skills are very good. I had him last year and he’s a very good talker, a very good man-manager, and you can see we want to play for him, want to win games and implement his style of play. We’re working hard day in, day out to try and do that.”
Ex-Leicester striker Tony Cottee: This club going placesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City striker Tony Cottee believes his old club is “going places”.Cottee is impressed by the changes the Foxes has made over the years.He said, “I think it’s certainly a club that’s going places. “I had the pleasure of going to the training ground recently and seeing how they’ve improved the training ground with a new training ground to come next year. There’s not been too many pennies held back with that, there’s a lot of money gone into the infrastructure of the Football Club and big plans for the stadium.“Looking at the pitch here, I’m a little bit jealous, I’ve got to be honest! I’d love to be at the Club now and playing in what are great times for the Club. I had the privilege of playing 20 years ago with a great squad of players.“You look at the squad that’s here now and how the Club is for the present. The past is all well and good, but you have to make sure the present and the future is in good hands and I think it is.“We all know what happened three years ago and the wonderful season that Leicester had. I’m looking to the present and the future and I think it’s a really, really good squad of players and an excellent manager who’s forward-thinking and wants to take the Club onto the next level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-AC Milan director Gandini questions Elliott directionby Carlos Volcano12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan director Umberto Gandini has questioned Elliott Management’s handling of the club.Gandini commented on the work of chief exec Ivan Gazidis.He said, “This is a very different club to all the others, because the owners aren’t involved in football. Their objective is to restructure Milan, get it close to what it ought to be worth and then monetize on their investment.“I’ve known Gazidis for many years and I told him that being a CEO in Italy is very different to in other nations, as he’d have to answer for his decisions.“Up until recently, I asked myself who are Milan, as they need to have a face and right now, they don’t. Is it the owner who decides, Gazidis, the President or the Coach? Before, their face was Gennaro Gattuso.”
Arsenal boss Emery unconcerned about Nketiah at Leeds: I respect Bielsaby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery is unconcerned about Eddie Nketiah’s loan at Leeds United.The 20-year-old striker has struggled for game time at Elland Road this season.”Now is not the moment, we are in October,” said the Spaniard. “He is in Leeds and I respect the coach and his decision.”Firstly I respect his coach (Marcelo Bielsa) and his decision. I think he is going to play more. He is going to deserve it.”Each match he plays with Leeds and the national team is important for him and important for Arsenal also because we want him to get confidence and take experience and use it in the future for us.”He is doing it. He is maybe playing less than we want, but I am sure he will play more.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
ohio state student broken neck osu.eduEarlier this week, tragedy struck Ohio State’s campus when junior Austin Singletary passed away following the school’s annual Mirror Lake jump. Initial reports suggested that he’d been pulled from the water after suffering from cardiac arrest. Those reports now appear to have been incorrect.According to The Columbus Dispatch, the Franklin County coroner has “tentatively” determined that Singletary actually died of a broken neck – specifically, a C-5 vertabra fracture. Here’s more:The autopsy, which was done on Thursday, revealed a fracture of the C-5 vertebra, which would lead to paralysis of the arms, legs and diaphragm, causing death, said Coroner Anahi Ortiz. She said the injury was consistent with him hitting his head on something hard, such as the bottom of the lake or a rock.Ortiz said Singletary survived for about two hours before dying at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. She added that the results are “very preliminary” and could be modified once Singletary’s medical history is completely reviewed and toxicology results — which would show any drug or alcohol use — are available. That’s expected to be complete in about six weeks.As noted, the findings aren’t definitive. But as you can imagine, it’s becoming more and more likely that the 2015 jump will be the last. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Singletary’s family and friends.
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri praised Callum Hudson-Odoi’s maturity after the teenager’s performance against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.Hudson-Odoi, 18, is linked with a move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, but started in his side’s 1-0 loss to Spurs in the first leg at Wembley on Tuesday.Sarri was happy with the attacker’s performance and said Hudson-Odoi had shown no signs of being distracted by the transfer speculation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Odoi in the last week has been very normal. I have seen him every day in training, he has been really very normal,” he told a news conference.”He is improving, in the last match he played very well and also today I think a very good match.”He played like a player of 25 or 26 years, I think – very good match of application, very good in the defensive phase, very, very good.”He was completely normal in this period. I don’t know, maybe he doesn’t read anything.”Harry Kane’s first-half penalty settled the first leg, with Chelsea to host Spurs in the second match on January 24.Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn…! pic.twitter.com/2UvjiOs6xQ — Callum Hudson-Odoi (@Calteck10) January 8, 2019 But Sarri said his team deserved better, labelling their performance “one of the most important” of the season.”I think we deserved more. In this match we played better than the opponents,” he said.”We were in control of the match, we defended very well against opponents who are very dangerous in the offensive phase, I think we deserved more.”We played about 70 balls in the opposing box against 11 balls from Tottenham in our box, 18 shots against seven, five goal opportunities against two, so we deserved more.”I am really disappointed with the result but I am happy with the performance. In my opinion this one is one of the most important performances of my team in the season.”Chelsea sit fourth in the Premier League table, 10 points back of leaders Liverpool. Sarri’s side will face both Newcastle and Arsenal in league play before the return leg against Spurs at Stamford Bridge on January 22.
Liverpool’s undefeated start to the Premier League season was ended on January 3 by Manchester City, who beat them 2-1, then four days later Wolves got the better of Jurgen Klopp’s men in the FA Cup.After five months of blistering football, there is little to suggest that this is anything more than a dip from the Reds, who are expected to bounce back against Brighton on Saturday.Klopp can throw his full strength at the Amex Stadium, with only three games to play before the end of January, when the tempo of the season will pick up once more. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s game…Liverpool Injuries In defence, Liverpool remain without Joe Gomez although Joel Matip trained on Thursday and is seemingly nearing a return.Klopp told reporters: “Joel trained yesterday for the first time with the team, which is already really good but we have to see. We have to decide it day by day how he is doing, I am not 100 per cent sure. He feels good and that’s good for us, of course.”Hendo will train today for the first time, we see what that then means exactly. Adam [is] out, Dejan [is] out and Joe, of course, [is] out.”All are improving obviously, that’s clear. I don’t know if a few are available and for a few I know they are not available, so that’s the situation.”Lovren continues to miss out with a hamstring problem, though he could return to face Leicester City on January 30.Klopp added on the Croatian defender: “I don’t know. It is serious otherwise he would play, but it is not that serious. It is a muscle thing and I would expect him back after maybe Crystal Palace, I am not sure. We have to see.”Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, are on the long-term injury list.Liverpool Suspensions Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game.Liverpool Likely Line-UpThe relaxed nature of the Reds’ fixture list in the weeks ahead means that Jurgen Klopp can afford to name his strongest available squad for this match.Such are the problems at centre-back, it seems likely that the versatile Fabinho will drop in to play alongside Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the defence. The Brazilian is only their fifth choice in that role, with Ki-Jana Hoever set to take up a spot on the bench.Fabinho’s void in midfield could be filled by either Henderson or Xherdan Shaqiri, but otherwise the team should pick itself.Brighton team news Goalkeeper Maty Ryan and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are away on Asian Cup duty with Australia and Iran respectively, so miss out.On the injury front, Albion are bereft of Bernardo from their defence and Jose Izquierdo.TV Channel & Kick-Off Time The fixture will be played during the blackout period of games in the UK, meaning that it will not be broadcast or available for live stream.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports, kick-off 10am ETBest Opta Match Facts Brighton have lost their last six matches against Liverpool in all competitions, including all three Premier League matches by an aggregate score of 1-10. Liverpool have never lost away at Brighton in the top-flight (P5 W2 D3 L0), with the five previous meetings featuring 25 goals (16 for Liverpool, 9 for Brighton). Liverpool are looking to win their first four Premier League meetings against an opponent for the fifth time, and the first since March 2015 when they did so against Burnley (also against QPR, West Brom and Wigan Athletic). Five of Brighton’s six Premier League home defeats have come against ‘big six’ sides; this will be their first ever Premier League home match against a side starting the day top. Liverpool have won their last eight Premier League games kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday, winning seven of those by a margin of at least three goals. Liverpool’s 21 game unbeaten run and nine game winning run in the Premier League came to an end against Man City last time out. They’ve not lost consecutive games in the competition since September 2015 under Brendan Rodgers. Only one manager in Premier League history has a worse 100% defeat percentage against Liverpool than Brighton boss Chris Hughton’s record of six defeats in six matches – Gary Megson, who lost nine out of nine games against the Reds. Of the 209 Premier League players to have been involved in 100+ duels this season in the competition, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has the highest proportion of duels won (75.2%). Only one player in the competition has a superior aerial duel won % than he has (100+ aerial competed) and that is Brighton defender Shane Duffy. Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has scored twice and assisted twice in his three Premier League appearances against Brighton. Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has scored four goals in his last two Premier League appearances – as many as he had in his first 19 in the competition this season. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum received a warm welcome from their Netherlands team-mates after winning the Champions League with Liverpool.The duo started as Liverpool overcame Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday to win their first trophies with the club.And they were enthusiastically received by their international team-mates on Monday as Netherlands prepare for the Nations League Finals. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Van Dijk and Wijnaldum were applauded by the squad and staff, including coach Ronald Koeman, as they arrived in camp.Een warm welkom voor de Champions League-winnaars, @GWijnaldum en @VirgilvDijk! #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/THjQ9isTJk— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) June 3, 2019The players even broke into song for Wijnaldum, chanting about the midfielder.”Tu tu tu tu tu, Gini Wijnaldum!” pic.twitter.com/0sZvtPqzNG— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) June 3, 2019Netherlands face England in the semi-finals in Guimaraes on Thursday before either playing a final or third-place play-off three days later.They will be in confident mood after watching key man Van Dijk’s performance in Madrid, with the centre-back effectively shutting down a below-par Harry Kane.A resurgent Dutch side have been in superb form on the international scene, with two wins over Germany, a 2-0 victory over world champions France and a draw with World Cup bronze medallists Belgium in the last eight months alone.For England, meanwhile, captain Kane will be hoping to start having fought his way back to fitness but, following his ineffective performance against Liverpool, Gareth Southgate may prefer a more match-ready replacement.Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Eric Dier are all involved in the Three Lions squad having played in Saturday’s final, though Spurs pair Harry Winks and Kieran Tripper didn’t make the final 23-man cut.With so many participants from Madrid likely to be lining up against each other, it gives a fascinating edge to the Nations League’s inaugural finals.Whoever wins the tie will be favourites to claim the first title, with either Portugal or Switzerland awaiting in the final following their game on Wednesday.For England, it would represent a satisfying reward for their progress in recent years after coming so close in Russia last summer.Having failed to qualify for the World Cup, meanwhile, the Netherlands would confirm their return to the top end of the international game following a difficult spell since their run to the 2014 semi-finals.